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The business with the Co-Working

8 o'clock in the morning at the train station Eglisau. On the platform, hundreds of commuters wait for the train. Daniel Kellenberger taps, meanwhile, in the brightly lighted station house in his Laptop. The software developers observed the Waiting out of the corner of your eye. Kellenberger does its work from the neuenCo-Working Space. The space, called the switching hall a few weeks ago went into operation.

sounds unspectacular, is part of a great change in the Swiss countryside. This idea comes from, who is currently holding talks with the various operators of these shared offices. You share your optimism. And the reasons for this. Switzerland has far eight the number of shared jobs in Switzerland in the last four years, more than tripled. Of a little more than 50 Co-Working Spaces in 2015, 185 in the year 2019. The real estate consultancy firm Wüest and Partner alone counts in the city of Zurich, with 44 Co-Working Spaces in the year 2018, twice as many as three years ago. One end of the boom is not in sight.

The switching hall in Eglisau is the most recent project of the cooperative Village Office. Photo: Urs Jaudas

"Co-Working Spaces allow employees to work closer to the place of residence," says Jenny Schäpper-type. She is the President of the Association of Coworking, and in the Board of Directors of the cooperative, Village Office, which is also the switching hall operates in Eglisau. Shared offices also gave young companies a cost-effective way to Start a professional working environment.

No wonder, are put to the objectives of those who invest in Co-Working Spaces, time and money, high. "By 2030, every Swiss within to reach 15 minutes by public TRANSPORT or bike, a Co-Working Space," says Jenny Schäpper-type. The 35-Year-old speaks of 1000 Co-Working Spaces up to the year 2030, the Village Office establish, supervise, and wants to accompany. Village Office is currently connected to Switzerland for 70 Co-Working Spaces cooperative, you have the majority of the advice. Eglisau is their first project in the Canton of Zurich outside the city.


The Trend of "Co-Working" does not help, only cooperatives such as Village Office, growth, and international companies benefit from them. The almost 30 years ago in Belgium, founded in company IWG has as business model the conversion of empty office in Co-Working Spaces, or Shared Offices (see Box). In order to remain profitable, the company office space of at least 800 square meters. The publicly listed company ranks among the world's 10 000 employees at 3400 locations in 120 countries. In Switzerland, the market leader IWG operates with the Brands Regus and Spaces around 200 such flexible jobs. 150 to follow in the next five years. Everyone who enters the Spaces on Bleicherweg in Zurich, to see how this new Form of work looks like: Two employees welcome the guest at a reception by You. Who words that best describe here, can be set up in the internal Café or office work space in a seperate area book. At the core of numerous forms of meeting rooms, cabins, make phone Calls, offices, and big, shared tables. The lowest rental costs in the offer amounted to 150?Francs per month.

the Switzerland-chief of the IWG, Garry Gürtler, speaks of a Boom: "Co-Working is currently in the minds of a broad Public." Similarly, the large enterprises included, in the meantime, flexible jobs. Currently, the percentage of flexible jobs in Switzerland is only a little under 1?Percent, Gürtler anticipates a potential market of 20 percent.

Like the Hippies of yesteryear

in the vicinity of Spaces on Bleicherweg, only two tram stations away, on the Tessinerplatz, operates the Village Office also has a Co-Working Space. It is similar to that at the Bleicherweg in appearance, almost exactly: a Café, a comfortable Design, a variety of workplace forms. A place for a day costs 40 francs. For Schäpper-type of Village Office space on the Ticino is a kind of laboratory. "The community is in the center. We investigate here, how does it work in an urban environment," she says. In the conversation, she draws a line to the cooperative to the Hippies-operated studios, in California in the 60s.

The gastronomic offer is an integral part of flexible jobs. Photo: Dominique Meienberg

The co-operative works with a six-stage process model. In Eglisau, the coaches of Village Office have first talked with dozens of locals and the administration. After that, they presented the project at an event in the former railway station of the Public. And so the one to the other. "It works in a structured organically," says Schäpper-type. Thus, the presented mixing in the switching hall. Here are two architects, a social worker of the reformed Church, a project Manager in the telecommunications industry, a local seniors club or the President of the local FDP includes the following:. And Daniel Kellenberger, the free-lance software developer who is seated here in the Morning.

these people travel daily to their place of work, but in the place of stay, in the sense of Village Office. "We are bringing the work back to the village," says Schäpper-type. The Trend to fostering the well-being of employees, it also reduce the CO2 emissions and revitalizing the local industry.

supply and demand

The local strategy of the IWG is different than those of the Village Office. The Expansion is not based on ideology, but follows the principle of supply and demand. "It is Central to find in rural areas entrepreneurs, the surfaces in the operation of the flexible office is a business," says Gürtler. This is not always easy; many local entrepreneurs would need to recognize the chances in the first place. The mood turn but is currently quickly in favor of the IWG.

Impressive is the Expansion of IWG is: 40'000 square metres of office space has been rented, the company this year – for next year, already have contracts for 30000 are signed for more square meters. By now, so the model of the IWG or the Village Office? Gürtler as well as Schäpper-type say, that there was in Switzerland plenty of space for both of them. Daniel Kellenberger in Eglisau, it should be no matter. He does not envy the commuters on the platform.

Created: 07.11.2019, 08:04 PM

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